NYCHA’s Grim Report

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The New York City Housing Authority was assigned a federal monitor after it was revealed that the agency had covered up allegations of lead poisoning suffered by children living in its projects. Now the monitor, Bart Schwartz, has released his first report—and his findings are shocking, even for a city used to bad news about NYCHA. Schwartz makes clear that the problems, such as maintenance workers fearing electrocution because they frequently must work in flooded areas, missed deadlines for dealing with widespread mold, and rat infestations from piled-up garbage, are pervasive. Fixing NYCHA will require major reforms.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Problems: The monitor’s report reveals that leaks, rats, and mold damage are ubiquitous throughout NYCHA. Read more.

  2. RAD: NYCHA is taking positive steps to generate revenue by entering the federal RAD program. Read more.

  3. Streets: Other solutions to improve NYCHA might include reknitting its superblocks into the street grid. Read more.

“We are also holding NYCHA to a number of deadlines imposed by the Agreement to address lead-based paint hazards, heat and hot water failures, mold, elevator outages, and pests and waste.”

Bart Schwartz, federal monitor

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The Past is Present

Sell the Buildings, Too By Howard Husock, The New York Sun (June 5, 2007)

“New York City Housing Authority’s announcement that it would start to sell vacant land within the boundaries of its housing projects appears to signal the start of a new era in the city.”

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